Southgate Emphasizes: Perfecting Kane’s Form is Crucial for England’s Success at Euro 2024

Ivan Toney is vying for his spot in England’s Euro 2024 line-up, yet prioritizing Harry Kane’s game time seems to be Gareth Southgate’s agenda.

With his debut season at Bayern Munich cut short by a back ailment, Kane missed the final pair of Bundesliga clashes, concluding with a tally of 44 goals for the 2023-24 season.

Having made a scoring entrance from the subs bench during England’s 3-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kane is slated to spearhead the attack at Wembley.

Regrettably for Brentford’s frontman Toney, this development might jeopardize his inclusion as Southgate trims his initial 33-man squad down to 26 this Saturday.

“Toney’s going to see some action on Friday, but shaping Kane up is my chief aim,” Southgate declared.

“Juggling what you need to accomplish with what’s desirable isn’t always doable. That’s the stark reality,” he added.

Following a nine-month suspension, Toney returned to notch four goals in his first five Premier League games, yet he wrapped up the season with a 12-match barren streak, his longest in the league.

Conversely, Kane remains pivotal if England is to break their 58-year trophy drought at the upcoming tournament in Germany.

His 12 strikes in the last three big international outings, a feat equaled only by Kylian Mbappe among Europeans, underscore his importance.

Kane’s contribution to Euro 2024 qualifying was also stellar, netting eight goals and assisting two in all seven starts he made.

As the tournament approaches with England’s initial match against Serbia on June 16, the health concerns hang over Luke Shaw, leaving a void at left-back. Kieran Trippier may cover this spot as the Newcastle player declares his readiness post recovery from recent knocks.

“I’m in shape. Picking me is Gareth’s call, but ready or not, I’m geared up and in fine fettle,” Trippier stated.

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